FORMER Fulham assistant Scott Miller will be announced as coach of the Newcastle Jets on Thursday.
The 33-year-old Australian and championship-winning Melbourne Victory assistant coach John-Paul de Marigny will be unveiled by Football Federation Australia at a noon press conference at Hunter Stadium.
De Marigny will be the senior assistant coach.
Both have signed two-year contracts.
The Newcastle Herald understands that home-grown coaches Mark Jones and Clayton Zane are being considered for positions on the support staff.
Miller, at 33, will become the youngest head coach in the history of the A-League.
He has a UEFA A-licence as well as sports science and psychology degrees and was head coach of the under-21 side at Fulham, where former Jets golden boot Adam Taggart now plays.
Miller joined the Premier League and now Championship club in 2007 and was a member of Ange Postecoglou’s backroom staff at the Socceroos in 2013.
Postecoglou headed the FFA coaching panel in charge of appointing the new Jets coach.
Initially a strength and conditioning coach, Miller has filled a variety of roles at Craven Cottage and has worked under current England boss Roy Hodgson, Mark Hughes, Martin Jol, Rene Muelensteen and Felix Magath.
De Marigny, 51, returns for a second stint in Newcastle.
He coached the Jets for their inaugural game, a World Club Challenge qualifier against Central Coast, before assisting Englishman Richard Money in the maiden season of the A-League.
De Marigny joined Victory in 2013 as an assistant for Kevin Muscat’s first season in charge.
He spent two years in the Victorian capital and was instrumental in the Victory’s 2014-15 championship success.
The Jets have been without a coach since Phil Stubbins was let go after Football Federation Australia took over the club from Nathan Tinkler last month.
Fox Sports analyst Mark Rudan and former Socceroos striker Damian Mori had been linked to the position.
The Jets assemble for pre-season training on Monday and have 13 senior players on the roster.
Miller and De Marigny are expected to join Jets chief executive Mitchell Murphy and A-League boss Damien De Bohun at a members forum at Newcastle Panthers on Thursday night.
The forum follows a meeting of business leaders last week.
‘‘The No.1 emphasis of the forum is for us is to listen, not preach,’’ Murphy said.
‘‘We want to hear what they’ve got to say and answer the members’ questions.
‘‘We want to engage in conversation on a variety of topics that we expect to come up, and do a lot of listening.
‘‘At the end of the day this is a new beginning for the club and it’s a wonderful opportunity to set the right foundation.
‘‘The backbone of the club is the membership base.
‘‘It’s going to be an easier journey with them totally engaged and feeling like they’re an integral part of what our future plans are.’’